RAKHINE STATE, 20 February 2017: The Rakhine State government, in Myanmar, has invited private developers to accelerate construction of an airport at the ancient city of Mrauk U in northern region of the state.
Irrawaddy media quoted the regional transport minister, U Aung Kyaw Zan, saying the state government has called on private investors to bid for a build-operate-transfer contract that would speed up completion of an airport, now years behind schedule.
“We are calling on international and local companies to invest and to continue the project…it is estimated the finished project would cost 26 billion kyats (USD18.9 million).” Read more
BERLIN, 16 February 2017: Passengers should expect flight delays and cancellations at Berlin’s two airports Thursday due to a ground crew strike over pay, union officials announced.
The strike, which the Verdi union referred to as a “warning”, is scheduled to last from 1500 GMT to 2100 GMT. “Travellers will have to expect long delays and possibly also flight cancellations,” it said.
Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, warned passengers that up to 30 flights could be cancelled. Read more
VIENTIANE, 6 February 2017: Vientiane airport’s expansion project is progressing as scheduled with officials saying it should be completed by early 2018.
So far, construction teams have completed 11% of the work.
Vientiane Times quoted the project update released by the Embassy of Japan to Laos and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Read more
SIEM REAP, 3 February 2017: Plans to build a new airport in Siem Reap that will be funded and operated by a Chinese company are almost finalised.
Last October, the Cambodian government reached an agreement with China’s state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL) to build a USD880 million airport in Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh Post reported that the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has assigned a team to provide technical and regulatory oversight for the construction of YIHL’s greenfield airport. Read more
SYDNEY, 3 February 2017: Plaza Premium Group has opened a new airport restaurant, Terrace Chinese Kitchen, at Sydney International Airport.
Terrace Chinese Kitchen hails from the award-winning Chinese restaurant The Terrace at Hong Kong International Airport.
Located at International Departures of Pier B, Terminal 1 (near Gate 30), the 1500 square-feet Terrace Chinese Kitchen showcases popular and traditional Chinese dishes. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 31 January 2017: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, has made a decision on which proposed plan to adopt for the upgrade of Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Local media reported that the government has opted for a plan that includes major improvements to runway and taxiways.
It will include the construction of parallel taxiways and connecting taxiways between the current runways and aircraft parking areas. Read more
COLOMBO, 20 January 2017: Sri Lanka earned a record USD3.5 billion from tourism in 2016, seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, a government minister said.
But sources in the industry warned that the post-war boom could be short-lived as planned airport closures forced the cancellation of international flights.
Runway repairs are disrupting airline services at Colombo’s gateway airport with flight check-in scheduled five hours ahead of departures. The repairs will continue until late April. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport instead of struggling in the usually crowded main streets leading to Vietnam’s busiest airport.
The cable car system would be built in the nearby Hoang Van Thu and Go Vap parks. Read more
VIENTIANE, 18 January 2017: National airline Lao Airlines has ended flights between Vientiane and Attapeu as ticketing revenue failed to reach a breakeven point for the airline.
Vientiane Times quoted the airline’s Commercial and Marketing Department deputy director, Oudom Souvanthong, saying the airline cancelled the flights during the last quarter of 2016, because passenger traffic was well below earlier forecasts.
Lao Airlines offered a twice weekly service from Vientiane, via Pakse International Airport in Champasak province, to Attapeu province’s so-called international airport, last May, and increased frequency to three weekly services last July. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: Thai Smile will move all of its operations to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport ending its presence at Don Mueang, midnight 15 January, where it competed with low-cost airlines.
Passengers are reminded that all flights will operate out of Suvarnabhumi Airport as of 16 January.
The decision to move out of Don Mueang impacts on three routes to Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Phuket. Read more